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Instagram bans ex-Big Bang member Seungri’s account after guilty court verdict on sex crimes

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  • Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, was reportedly banned from Instagram on Monday following his sex crime conviction and prison sentencing on May 26.
  • The former Big Bang member, who had over 8 million Instagram followers before the removal, was one of the most prominent names involved in 2019’s Burning Sun nightclub scandal.
  • Seungri pleaded guilty to nine charges in January, including embezzlement, prostitution mediation and purchase of prostitution services.
  • His acknowledgment resulted in him receiving a reduced jail sentence of 18 months instead of three years.

Instagram has reportedly removed Seungri’s account after he was convicted of sex crimes for his involvement in the infamous Burning Sun scandal.

The removal came after Seungri, whose real name is Lee Seung-hyun, was given an 18-month prison sentence following a court ruling on May 26. Seungri, a former member of the K-pop boy group Big Bang, tried to appeal his sentencing, but the Supreme Court rejected his request.

Former Big Bang member Seungri will serve entire 18-month jail sentence after appeal rejection

  • South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled today that former BigBang member Seungri will serve his entire 18-month jail sentence.
  • Seungri’s was originally found guilty in August 2021 of nine charges including embezzlement and prostitution mediation among others. He was originally sentenced to three years in jail.
  • The sentence was reduced to half during an appeal hearing in January where he pled guilty to all charges.
  • Seungri was one of the most prominent names involved in the Burning Sun nightclub scandal in 2019 that saw many in the entertainment industry accused of alleged crimes of rape, spycam usage, prostitution trafficking and embezzlement.

The South Korean Supreme Court rejected former Big Bang member Seungri’s lighter sentence appeal today, ruling he will serve the entirety of his 18-month jail sentence. 

In August 2021, Seungri’s original trial found him guilty of nine charges including embezzlement and prostitution mediation with a sentence of three years in prison and an order to pay a fine of 1.15 billion Korean won (approximately $912,780). 

Disgraced K-pop star Seungri admits guilt, gets 3-year jail sentence halved

  • Former K-pop star Seungri, who rose to fame as a member of Big Bang, is facing nine charges related to prostitution, drug trafficking and police corruption.
  • After pleading guilty to just one charge last August, he admitted to all charges in an appeal hearing on Thursday.
  • His original three-year jail sentence was reduced to one year and six months.

Former K-pop idol and Big Bang member Seungri will serve a reduced jail sentence after pleading guilty to all charges after previously denying all but one.

Seungri, who faces a total of nine charges following the Burning Sun scandal, appeared for his appeal trial on Thursday and reportedly expressed remorse for his actions.

South Korea Outraged After K-Pop Star, Police Officer He Allegedly Bribed are Let Free for Now

South Koreans are expressing their frustrations over a judge’s dismissal of the arrest warrant for former Big Bang member Seungri by launching a petition on the government website.

In the petition, netizens noted how the judge outraged the public for dismissing arrest warrants for a CEO, Chinese drug distributor, sexual harasser, and more, the Straits Times reports. 

K-Pop Star Seungri Retires After Being Charged With Running Prostitution Ring

K-pop superstar Seungri announced his retirement from the industry — and consequently his part in legendary boy group BIGBANG — amid allegations that he supplied prostitutes to rich foreigners investing in his business in 2015.

The 28-year-old entrepreneur, who is scheduled to begin his mandatory military service on March 25, is also accused of allowing drug use at Burning Sun, the nightclub where he had been executive director, and bribery of police by club officials.